Keith J. Willner: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Keith J. Willner

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone+1 202 263 3215

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Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Real Estate Capital Markets
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Real Estate
  • Development and Construction
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 202 263 3215
Fax: +1 202 263 5215
University University of Virginia, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1984
Admitted1984, California; 1988, District of Columbia


Committee for Youth & Education, McLean Citizens Association

Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America Troop 1128

Advisory Committee, National Multi Housing Council, 1997 to date

Advisory Committee, National Real Estate Investor, 2001 to date

District of Columbia Bar Association, Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section Steering Committee (1997-2000), Section Financial Officer (1998-2000); Chairman, Real Property Transactions Committee (1996-1997), Chairman, Commercial Transactions Committee (1995-1996)


Keith Willner is one of the four international firm-wide Practice Leaders of Mayer Brown's Real Estate practice. He regularly counsels major REITS, institutional developers, banks, private equity and opportunity funds, insurance companies, pension funds and pension fund advisors, asset managers and other capital providers in connection with the acquisition, venturing, financing, leasing and disposition of real estate. His transactions often focus on complex structuring issues, and tax, ERISA, bankruptcy and corporate considerations, involving foreign and domestic investors.

Keith is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. In addition, he is listed in Tier 1 of Chambers USA as a leading real estate lawyer and has been listed every year since its first publication in 2002. Clients have praised him in Chambers USA, noting that he is able to express complex legal concepts simply and clearly, and is also very practical and for being great at sizing up a situation and reading the other side, and helping us to understand what is important and what is not. Chambers USA has also observed that Keith has great negotiating skills and always sees the business aspect of the deal.

He is also listed in Legal 500 USA as a leading real estate lawyer and described as a fantastic lawyer who brings motivation and technical capabilities to the table. Keith is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law, as well as numerous Who's Who publications, including International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, Who's Who Legal: USA--Real Estate, Marquis Who's Who and Cambridge Who's Who.

Keith joined Mayer Brown as a partner in 1996. Prior to that, he was a partner at a large, international firm and practiced with major firms in Washington and San Francisco.

Keith has written articles that have appeared in numerous publications, including Mortgage and Real Estate Executives Report, CREI Interactive, The Corridor Real Estate Journal, and Real Estate Rescues.


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Keith J. Willner

1999 K Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20006-1101


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